Results 161–180 of 1900 for speaker:John Griffiths

1. Questions to the First Minister: 20 mph Speed Limits (19 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: First Minister, I very much agree with you that 20 mph rolled out as a default speed limit is going to save lives and is going to prevent very many serious injuries. But would you agree with me that what we've seen is a distortion of the debate from the Welsh Tories—for example, trotting out this line repeatedly that it's a blanket ban, when we know that there will be exceptions? And that...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Wales) Order 2022 (13 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: I very much welcome the imminent introduction of the default 20 mph speed limit in Wales, where the interaction of vehicles and people require it, and the ability of local authorities to keep some 30 mph roads at that limit, where local circumstances support that. My constituency of Newport East has one of the pilot schemes, and Monmouthshire County Council showed that experience of...

3. Questions to the Senedd Commission: Engaging the People of Wales in Welsh Democracy (13 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: I think engaging the people of Wales in our democracy is a vital part of the work of every Senedd Member, as well as the institution itself, and I'm sure all Senedd Members are keen to encourage people from their constituency to visit the Senedd and to engage in the work of the Welsh Parliament in various ways. But there is a lot of work to do, and turnout in Senedd elections, for example, as...

3. Questions to the Senedd Commission: Engaging the People of Wales in Welsh Democracy (13 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: 3. What assessment has the Commission made of the impact of the Senedd in engaging the people of Wales in Welsh democracy since devolution? OQ59883

QNR: Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip (13 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: What is the Welsh Government's current assessment of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on communities in Wales?

8. Legislative Consent Motion on the Non-Domestic Rating Bill (12 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Llywydd. I'll be speaking in my capacity, as you say, as Chair of the Local Government and Housing Committee. We laid our report on the legislative consent memorandum for the Non-Domestic Rating Bill on 22 June. As the supplementary LCM was laid on 1 August, regrettably, we did not have sufficient time to consider and report on it ahead of this debate today. We noted in our report...

5. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change: 20 mph default speed limit on restricted roads (12 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: Minister, in my experience, people readily understand that if a child or another person is hit by a vehicle at 30 mph, the likelihood of death or serious injury is far greater than it would be at 20 mph. And of course, people know as drivers that it’s much easier to stop at 20 mph if somebody does step into the road in front of you than it would be at 30 mph. I think people readily...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Rewilding (12 Sep 2023)

John Griffiths: First Minister, I think the unique and historic Gwent levels are a good example of the sort of balance that you're describing, where land is being returned to nature, the water vole has been reintroduced, farming is continuing, public access is enhanced, and I'm very grateful for the Welsh Government commitment that has protected, and I believe will sustain and enhance, that very important...

8. Finance Committee Debate — The Welsh Government’s spending priorities for the 2024-25 budget (12 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: I'll be speaking in my capacity as Chair of the Local Government and Housing Committee. I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate some of our committee's key conclusions, following our scrutiny of the draft budget earlier this year. These are still relevant and important issues that we would like to see prioritised by the Welsh Government in the draft budget for next year. When I...

5. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Recreational Access to the Countryside (12 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: Minister, you will be aware that, during the consideration of the Agriculture (Wales) Bill, there were calls for the inclusion of nature restoration as part of the objectives. In the absence of that wording in the Bill, you made a very welcome acknowledgement that sustainable agriculture is key to meeting our commitment for Wales to be net zero by 2050, thus contributing to nature recovery...

7. Debate: Welsh Government Annual Report — Delivering the Government’s priorities and legislative programme (11 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: I am pleased to speak in this debate today, and I do believe that our Welsh Labour Government has a strong record over the last year, even in the face of the UK Government's created difficulties—the cost-of-living crisis, the mismanagement and, indeed, crashing of the economy, rising inflation and rising interest payments, including for people with mortgages struggling to make ends meet....

5. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Fairtrade Nation — 15-year anniversary (11 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: Thank you, Llywydd dros dro. Would you agree with me, then, Minister, that if we get out and about and see the practical impact of Wales as a Fairtrade Nation in the countries that we help, we will, I think, see the true value of these efforts?

5. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Fairtrade Nation — 15-year anniversary (11 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: Thank you for your statement today, Minister. It's absolutely right that we celebrate Wales as a Fairtrade Nation for 15 years now, and I was very pleased to host the event in the Senedd today. Back in 2008, in fact, I was at Newport when it was recognised that Wales had become the first Fairtrade Nation, and we shared our learning, in fact, with global activists from many countries. I think...

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Biodiversity ( 5 Jul 2023)

John Griffiths: Minister, sticking with avian influenza, the RSPB is calling for a moratorium on the release of game birds, because some 2.3 million annually are released across Wales, and game birds can become infected and transmit HPAI to wild birds. There is a concern that the release of game birds could provide an additional source of susceptible birds, which could serve as a reservoir for HPAI and...

7. Debate on petition P-06-1340, 'Stop the change of speed limits to 20mph on 17th September' (28 Jun 2023)

John Griffiths: As others have, I welcome our petitions system, Llywydd, and this debate today, which is important and should be happening, because, obviously, this is a very significant change. It is a change that I very much welcome and have long supported. I believe that the case for that change is very well made over a period of time, and this isn't something that's had a brief gestation period; it's...

5. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal — A civic duty to vote Bill (28 Jun 2023)

John Griffiths: It's certainly the case, isn't it, that in the UK and in Wales, we do not have the thriving democracy that we would wish to see, and I very much welcome ideas to improve on that situation, and I'm very pleased that Adam Price has brought this proposal forward for discussion and debate today. We do know that, as well as the lack of democratic legitimacy and the lack of the healthy democracy...

4. Questions to the Senedd Commission: The Senedd's Public Engagement (21 Jun 2023)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Llywydd. I think the earlier joint session between the Senedd and the Welsh Youth Parliament was a very powerful demonstration of just how interesting, important and uplifting it is for the Senedd to engage with our young people. I know that our Senedd education team do a fantastic job with schools and colleges across Wales, again, increasing that engagement between Welsh democracy...

3. Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Working Arrangements (21 Jun 2023)

John Griffiths: Counsel General, at the end of last year, the First Minister stated that for nearly 20 years the Sewel convention was observed by UK Governments so that UK Government legislative proposals that might intrude into devolved areas in Wales were only taken forward with the Senedd's consent, but that recent Tory UK Governments have not respected the convention and this is bringing the devolution...

3. Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Working Arrangements (21 Jun 2023)

John Griffiths: 6. What assessment has the Minister made of the effectiveness of the working arrangements between the Welsh Government and the UK Government? OQ59718


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